Zululand is the home of one of the oldest cultures in South Africa, the Zulu. Situated in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, this area is rich in natural splendour and cultural history. Visitors will be able to witness the natural beauty of the area and get a close up and personal look at the traditional Zulu lifestyle. For those looking for a very different experience, Zululand is a great option.
Zululand stretches up from the Dolphin Coast to Richard's Bay and inland from the Tugela River to the Pongola River. It is a land of lush green hills, long waving grasslands and abundant forests. The area has been inhabited and fought for by the Zulu people and today they call this place home. The land is rich in tradition, culture and history where Zulu villages welcome visitors with open arms.
|Exploring Zululand on horseback
Probably the biggest attraction of Zululand is the culture of the Zulu people that call the area home. Zulu villages like Shakaland and Dumazulu offer visitors a glimpse at the life of the local people and a window to their proud history. There are numerous historical sites like the famous ruins of Umgungundlovu, Dingane's capitol when he was king of the Zulus. Nearby are monuments to the battles that the Zulus fought to retain their land.
In Ulundi, the Kwa-Zulu Cultural Museum is a collection of the region's cultures and traditions. Detailing the history of the Zulu people for as long as historical records are available, the museum gives visitors a glimpse into the life of the noble Zulu before the settlers made their way inland from the Cape.
For an authentic experience, visitors can live in a real Zulu village. Guided by footpaths and across the waterways of Zululand, visitors are welcomed into a real Zulu homestead. Here, the family has been living their life in the traditional way far from civilisation. Visitors are introduced to the day-to-day running of a Zulu home and get to personally experience the life of a Zulu.
Zululand also has many natural wonders that are worth seeing. The large, verdant area has quite a few nature reserves to conserve the native animals that call the area home. Some of the larger reserves include the Siyaya Coastal Park, the Umlalazi Nature Reserve and the Amatikulu Nature Reserve to name but a few. All the reserves are malaria-free and offer a variety of accommodation from simple self-service rest camps to five star lodges.
The reserves of Zululand are home to the famous Big 5 and sightings are frequent. For the ornithologists, the Dlinza Nature Reserve is the perfect place to witness the 650 bird species that live in the Zululand area. Aside from the reserve, there are 14 bird watching routes and countless guides to help you find the rarest of them all.
Zululand is filled with the tradition and history of one of the most powerful tribes to call South Africa home. In this lush region visitors can see some of the famous animals of Africa and learn more about a culture far remo
ved from anything remotely western. Zululand is not a destination, it is an experience.
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